The Wall That Heals is coming to McKeesport, PA’s Renzie Park on August 9-12, 2018.
A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spread the healing legacy of the Wall and educate about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The McKeesport Allied Veteran’s Memorial Organization (MAVMO), a totally voluntary non-profit entity has been formed to bring the scaled down mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals (TWTH) to McKeesport’s Renzie Park (Jimmy Long Field) for free to the public from August 9-12, 2018. While the foundation for the Wall’s visit is based on the 11 McKeesport Boys Club Members killed in Vietnam from 1965-1969, over a forty month period, and the other 13 McKeesport/Mon Valley related Veterans also killed for a total of 24, the Operation Sammy Sean Project 66 was created to tell how McKeesport got to Vietnam. To tell the story, we also recognize that the counties making up Western Pennsylvania were also a microcosm of the middle class economic and racial mix unable to avoid being drafted because of college or marital status and those that voluntarily enlisted. Those McKeesport Boys Club members that died were on average 19 years old.
Using the motto “no one left behind” and with your help, we hopefully intend to raise $1 for each of the 58,318 names listed on The Wall in order to host the The Wall and to educate our youth and communities about the Vietnam era.
All funds raised in excess of our related costs to bring The Wall That Heals to the Mon Valley will be donated by MAVMO to area veterans educational or preservation activities.
Through the efforts of the following IRS 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations (Vietnam Veterans, Inc. PGH, The Vietnam Huey Pilots Association, and the Veterans Breakfast Club), our goal is to reach out among our associated Western PA counties to further honor the almost 1,000 veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our area.
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(Left) McKeesport City Administrator Tom Maglicco takes notes as McKeesport native Walt Yager discusses plans to bring The Wall That Heals to McKeesport. From the left are Yager, Vietnam veterans Ernie Oatneal, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, two-time purple heart recipient Eugene Cherepko and Maglicco. Holding banners of alumni heroes from left are McKeesport Area School District Superintendent Dr. Mark P. Holtzman, Junior Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Instructors Master Sgt. Jason DeFelice, Lt. Col. Scott Beegle and alumnus facilitator Walt Yager.